After winning his fifth Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo insisted that he would be the best and most complete player of all time.
Now he is apparently getting serious about his claim: As from next week
on, the 32-year-old will start intensive goalkeeper training drills in
order to to reach the ambitious goal of replacing Keylor Navas as the
number one goalie of Real Madrid by the end of the season.
In his interview with soccer magazine ‘France Football’ the
Portuguese exceptional kicker is quickly getting to the point: “You
might be surprised, but I actually have a sport idol! His name is Marc
Giradelli and he is one of the few skiers who has excelled in all five
alpine disciplines. He was probably the most gifted all-rounder in the
For becoming the best amongst all-time greats, according to Ronaldo
it isn’t sufficient to solely be a brilliant forward: “Even if I get
awarded ten times World Player of the year and even if I win the World
Cup with the Portuguese team – there will still be people around
insisting that one of Pelé, Beckenbauer or Diego Maradonna is the
greatest player of all time. Therefore, only if I succeed in winning the
World Goalkeeper trophy as well, even those who are most reluctant will
admit: There can be only one!”
Having a height of 185 cm, Ronaldo is considered rather short
compared to other goalkeepers. Nonetheless, world-class keepers such as
David De Gea from Manchester United are pretty sure that Ronaldo can
become one of the best goalies. De Gea: “I don’t know any player that
falls down to the ground as quickly as Ronaldo. As a goalkeeper, this
ability is essential! And of course being a striker he naturally knows
where he has to dive for the big saves.”
Whoever was looking forward to seeing Ronaldo to soon end his career
will have to postpone their hopes: After becoming CR1 instead of CR7
Ronaldo will definitely hit the headlines on and off the playing fields
at least for ten more years. And Manuel Neuer from FC Bayern Munich will
have to wrap himself up warmly in the future if he wants to win the
World Goalkeeper trophy again!
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